Groups of Chileans gathered to support the Palestine prisoners' hunger strike, which has been ongoing for almost a month, across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Students, representatives of social organizations and lawmakers participated in a large march in Santiago, the South American nation's capital.
Last month, more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners started a historic mass hunger strike to protest the brutal conditions in Israeli jails. The prisoners' hunger strike, organized as the “Strike for Dignity and Freedom,” was launched on April 17, and unites Palestinian resistance factions from across the national liberation movement.
Throughout the world, many groups have expressed their solidarity with the strikers, with near-daily rallies continuing to take place in Palestine. The strike is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a former leader of Fatah – a rival political faction in the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
As their health deteriorate, Israel has shown no signs of heeding the prisoners’ demands. Instead, the authorities have cracked down on the prisoners – forcibly moving many to different sections of the jails, confiscating their clothes and personal belongings and preventing lawyers and family members from visiting them. Leaders, like Barghouti, were removed from the wider population and placed in solitary confinement in the initial stages of the strike.
On Tuesday, the National Committee to Support Hunger-Striking Prisoners also called on Palestinians to boycott Israeli products, adding that Palestinian merchants should stop selling them.